Casino in Enid?

The casino is being proposed at 9th and East Garriott, according to an Enid City Commision meeting agenda.

ENID, Okla. — A proposal for a casino will be presented to the Enid City Commission by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians tribe during a study session meeting Tuesday night.

The casino is being proposed at South 9th Street and East Garriott, according to the meeting agenda.

In July, City Manager Jerald Gilbert said he had met with a group regarding a casino in Enid, but there was "nothing imminent."

"There is a group working on that, yes. I think at some point, when they are ready, or they think they want to, I have invited them to come to a study session and talk about their efforts with the city commission," he said in July.

At that time, Gilbert confirmed he thought the group had some plans for 825 E. Garriott, the former Dexeus Oncology building, but he did not know if it was for a "casino proper."

"But, yes, I think that is part of the area that they would like to pursue," he said.

Gilbert also said city officials would have to research zoning regulations if a casino was proposed for that area.

"Based on just a preliminary look, we don't know that that would be proper zoning for that type of use," he said.

There may be some tribal issues involved, Gilbert said.

"I don't know if that would somehow become tribal or tribal trust land. I really don't know any of that. We just had one discussion with the group," he said. "There's clearly some things that would have to be developed. They would have to come and present that. The city commission would have to be on board to pursue or move forward with that. If we ever get to that point, we would certainly research the zoning more.

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There have been discussions of a casino previously in the same area of east Enid.

In late 2016, Ward 3 Commissioner Ben Ezzell revealed a developer affiliated with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians tribe, that was interested in building a casino on or adjacent to some property the city was attempting to purchase near 8th and Garriott. That person spoke to the city commission during an executive session.

No action is taken by the city commission during study sessions. All items presented in those meetings are for discussion and may be presented during a regular or special meeting for possible action at a later date.

The public study session, set for 5 p.m., will be held in commission chambers at the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

It will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. regular public meeting in the same location.

Items on the regular meeting agenda include:

• Special recognition for Mayor Bill Shewey, who was named Mayor's Council of Oklahoma "Mayor of the Year."

• A public hearing regarding the submission of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant program year. 

• Possible approval of a resolution to allow the submission of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant program year. 

• Possible executive session — which is closed to the public — to create proposals to entice businesses to the city, including financing and the transfer of property.

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Involved in news reporting for about 15 years, I've been with the Enid News & Eagle since 2014, when my family moved to Enid to be on the family farm.

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